Dr. Carissa Baker is an Assistant Professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. She studies theme parks and attractions from a variety of perspectives, including their characteristics as art, business, culture, and technology. Her dissertation research was on the theme park as a narrative medium. This project earned recognition including a College Outstanding Dissertation Award and the Texts and Technology Dissertation Research Award; it also contributed to her winning the Order of Pegasus, UCF’s highest student award. Theme parks have been a subject of Dr. Baker’s research for more than two decades. She is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), TEA NextGen, the TEA NextGen Committee, the TEA Academic Network, and the Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society.
Landon Kyle Berry is a postdoctoral fellow at the the University of Central Florida Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, where he plans, develops, and implements faculty development programs including course innovation projects using peer review and WAC methodology, Teaching & Learning Days focused on exploring evidence-based pedagogies, and coordinating two annual conferences hosted by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. He also develops and implements training for new faculty; develops and implements training for new graduate teaching associates; and conducts research on active and disciplinary learning spaces, the rhetorical implications of teacher pedagogical, technological, and content knowledge, and the use of emoji by college students across campus.
Russell Carpenter is executive director of the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity and associate professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University. He also serves as Summer Coordinator. Carpenter has published numerous collections, including Sustainable Learning Spaces, The Routledge Reader on Writing Centers and New Media, Writing Studio Pedagogy, Studio-Based Approaches for Multimodal Composition, and Engaging Millennial Faculty. He has served as President of the Southeastern Writing Center Association and Chair of the National Association of Communication Centers and also co-chaired the International Writing Centers Association Summer Institute and annual conference. As a long-standing member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, he has also served as the chapter’s president and past president. At EKU, Carpenter is a two-time recipient of the Provost’s Distinguished Service Award. In addition, he has received the National Association of Communication Centers Turner Award (2017) and Preston Award for Leadership (2015). As chair of the Southeastern Writing Center Association’s Research & Development Committee, he led efforts to design and implement the nation’s first writing center certification program. His articles have appeared in Computers and Composition, Journal of Learning Spaces, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, Journal on Centers for Teaching and Learning, Journal of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Learning Communities Journal, and the National Teaching and Learning Forum, among others.
Brandy Dieterle is a Lecturer in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida, where she teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students. Her research and teaching is centered around digital rhetorics and literacies, multimodal composition, and new media studies. She’s especially interested in how these subject areas intersect with identity and gender studies as people engage in self-presentation practices.
Amanda is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.
Emily K. Johnson
Emily is an Assistant Professor in Games and Interactive Media at the University of Central Florida. She conducts research focusing on educational technology, learning games, playful/gameful learning, simulations and learning, self-regulated learning, learner motivation, and self-efficacy. Prior to this position, she served as Postdoctoral Research Associate and Coordinator of the Games Research Lab at UCF where she collaborated with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of disciplines to plan, fund, conduct, and publish a wide range of games-related research. Emily earned her Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida in 2015 after teaching middle school Language Arts for eight years. She earned her M.A. in Reading Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and her BA in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
Valerie Kasper is an Assistant Professor in Language Studies and the Arts at Saint Leo University. Her interests lie at the crossroads of African American literature, journalism, and history. She is particularly fond of Hurston and Morrison and their use of men in their stories, and how the legacy of slavery and its lingering effects are passed down through these men. Dr. Kasper also has many journalistic interests, and for the past six years, she has been researching African American newspapers, focusing on the first African American newspaper, Freedom’s Journal. She’s used data mining tools within the digital humanities (geolocation and topic modeling) to research how the first African American newspaper used its rhetorical power to battle the inequalities of the 19th century.
Marci Altamura Mazzarotto is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business & Digital Media at Georgian Court University, a small liberal arts Catholic university in central New Jersey.
Rudy McDaniel is Director of the School of Visual Arts and Design and Professor of Games and Interactive Media in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida. He previously served as Assistant Dean of Research and Technology for the College of Arts and Humanities from 2011 to 2016. His current research focuses on digital ethics, digital badging, and game-based learning. Rudy is co-author of Understanding Digital Ethics: Cases and Contexts (2020), Designing Effective Digital Badges: Applications for Learning (2019), and The Rhetorical Nature of XML: Constructing Knowledge in Networked Environments (2009). He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, proceedings papers, and book chapters on his research and presented his work at more than 100 conferences and workshops. He is a member of the UCF Scroll and Quill Society and was named Distinguished Senior Research Fellow by the Ministry of Culture in China in 2016. He has also earned significant funding for his college and his field from the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Humanities which has funded student research. He was the first student to defend his dissertation in Texts and Technology and graduated from the program in 2004.
Jennifer Roth Miller, Ph.D., is a faculty member at the University of Central Florida in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media. Jennifer’s work seeks to better understand digital citizenship and social media engagement by exploring the convergence of communication, technology, philanthropy, and education in socially constructing collective views and actions for social justice. Jennifer’s work has been published in journals such as Xchanges and Enculturation: A Journal of Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture. She is also a co-author of two book chapters in edited collections; one published by Routledge and the other published by University Press of Colorado.
Eric is an Assistant Professor of Games and Interactive Media at the University of Central Florida. His research interests focus primarily on narrative and the player in digital games about which he has presented at national and international conferences such as Foundations of Digital Games, HASTAC, Popular Culture Association, Computers and Writing, and Society for Cinema and Media Studies. His creative works include traditional fiction and poetry, hypertext/interactive storytelling, and 2D Unity projects. Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Murnane has experience in writing centers, startups, and independent films.
Irene writes fantasy and light science fiction for adults, young adults, and children. Her work spans novels, plays, transmedia events, and more. Most of her work focuses on internal conflicts told through speculative metaphors: From Light to Dark is a high fantasy that features a Romeo and Juliet theme. In it, two teens from opposing worlds come together to resolve the conflicts of their ancestors. For the release of that novel, Irene also wrote and produced a transmedia event called Creepy Luny Inn’s Radio Adventure Show, aka Myth of the Seeker. This was an interactive radio drama and treasure hunt that allowed listeners to vote on the outcome of each episode. For the most part, Irene writes what she likes to read, which are character-driven stories of alternate realities. She likes to throw her characters into alternate worlds to see how they live their “normal” lives in the midst of magical or technological changes.
Sara is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication the University of Central Florida.
Nathan is interested in film, animation, video games, and spectator theory. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Bristol in the UK, earning a M.A. in Cinema Studies.
Aaron Zwintscher’s book has been published by Punctum Books. Noise Thinks the Anthropocene is a textual experiment in noise poetics that began as his doctoral dissertation in T&T. As Aaron notes, “noise poetics is the use of noise to explain, elucidate, and evoke (akin to other poetic forms) within the textual milieu in a manner that seeks to be less determinate and more improvisational than conventional writing.” Serving as an adjunct professor in NYC, Aaron puts his multimedia remix(ed) theories to work.